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Inspiring Stories from Plano

The heart of our mission at VoyageDallas is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out the rising stars of Plano and surrounding areas below.

Drs. Phillip and Janice Porter

In 2016, Dr. Phillip Porter and Dr. Janice Porter wrote and published their second book “The Power In A Vision Driven Family” along with their workbook “The Power In A Vision Driven Family Workbook” which became the foundation of their company. Their books were so successful they begin teaching family leadership and success workshops throughout the United States. Phillip and Janice are visionaries, passionate family wealth educators, and co-founders of a privately held African American family-owned business Generations Empowerment Enterprises, LLC. In 2017, Generations Empowerment Enterprises, LLC, moved its headquarters from Minnesota to McKinney, Texas.  Read more>>

Nae Shirece

Well, my story starts with me getting a job with a chain waxing company. I had no experience with waxing, but I did have experience in the makeup industry, however, other than that, I hadn’t used my Esthetics license very much, which I had for almost 2 to 3 years at that point. After working at the waxing company for a little over a year, I was actually fired from that company because of a previous Voyage Dallas article that I had the privilege of doing around the same time that I was hired at the waxing company. Around the end of days at the company, I was definitely entertaining the idea of starting my own business, but as most can relate, I found myself afraid and stuck-until God decided otherwise. Read more>>

Melinda Monfort

It all started when I was a little girl. I remember my best friend and I setting up ‘glamour shots’ with disposable cameras during the summers. Way too much makeup and a fan blowing in our hair. It was the good times. Over the years, I loved taking pictures and everything about photography. In high school, I was on the yearbook staff which is the biggest thing I remember from high school. College, I took a few photography classes however I proceed to get my degree in accounting. When my son was born in 2013, my photography really took off. I took pictures of him everywhere I could possibly take them. I taught myself photoshop and learned online with free resources how to shoot in manual and edit. This is when Melinda Monfort Photography started.  Read more>>

Cordarryl Franklin

I started this C4 NXT LVL movement off the basis of me, wanting to give back to the game I love. This game that I’ve played since the tender age of 5, has brought me a ton of joy. I started out training in 2016, but I really didn’t know how to run a basketball training business. So, I had to shut down, & I resurfaced in summer of 2019. My friend Marckus Vernible, who’s also a trainer. mentored me for like 2 months in 2018. He taught me the in’s & outs of the business. The Basketball training industry has really only been in existence since 2015ish, that’s when I see it kind of explode. So, it’s really no blueprint to how to run this business. So, I had to study & learn on the fly. So, from training outside in the beginning to having my clients train in state-of-the-art facilities, to this day. I’m blessed to say I developed & trained over 200 kids in a 4-year span. I love it.  Read more>>

Jeremy Mason

I’ve always had a deep fondness for the arts, which was mainly music for me growing up. I would spend hours listening to new CDs and watching the latest music videos for my favorite artists. Eventually, I grew the desire to create art: however, I lacked the talent to become a singer or the natural skills to become a rapper. What I did have was the ability to write my thoughts and feelings down on paper. The words of my favorite songs always drew me into the song even more. My conclusion led me to decide on poetry as my outlet to express myself.  Read more>>

Dr. Carol Nash

Initially, about 20+ years ago, I began working in the Education and IT industries. I’ve held many positions in the categories of director, facility manager, desktop and application software trainer, network administrator, systems engineer, corporate technical trainer, and an IT consultant. In all these capacities, it was easy for me to be giving to individuals who sought to better their lives and entrusting me to be a part of that transition. For years, my work was everything, after my family of course, but I poured myself into it. Little did I know I needed the people I was interfacing with daily, as they needed my tutelage to reach their personal and professional goals.  Read more>>

Rachel Dymond

The MoonBeam Bakery name holds a very special place in Rachel’s heart. Her grandpa, whom she shared a passion for baking and developing recipes with, gave all his grandkids nicknames. Rachel’s was MoonBeam. The inspiration for her Lemon Meringue and Cherry pies came from the very pies he made when Rachel grew up. She has fond memories of family holidays or special occasions with his pies and dessert. What better way to honor his memory and family traditions than using a childhood nickname? Read more>>

Miranda Deakins

My story starts my freshman year of college in 2016. I’d watched so many YouTubers in previous years and was just getting down to deciding my major. Ultimately I decided to go with Creative Media Production because something was pulling me there. I fell in love with cameras, editing and photography. I always loved taking photos and videos every chance that I could. My sophomore year I started my YouTube channel and got started learning how to do social media. I was very busy in college between academics and traveling to football games every Saturday in the Fall with the college marching band, The Pride, at the University of Oklahoma, so my YouTube channel was put on the back burner. Read more>>

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